Plants for Dry Eyes
At your office put a plant on your desk. Low humidity, and especially cold winter air can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99 percent, say researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. This leaves the eye’s surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printers and other office equipment. Luckily leaf plants like spider plants and snake plants can reduce a room’s pollution level by 97 percent within minutes, suggest a Penn State University study. “Plants literally neutralize airborne toxins”, says David G. Olarsch N.D. director of the Institute for Naturopath Health in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Plus, they “breathe”, reducing the odds of dry eye occurrence.